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Paul J. Bedway Sr.

1939 - 2021
Paul J. Bedway Sr. Obituary

Paul J. Bedway Sr., 81, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Sunday, Feb. 21, at Hospice House of the VNA of St. Luke's, Bethlehem.

Born Nov. 7, 1939, in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Charles Bedway Sr. and Wilhelmina (Szilier) Bedway.

He was the husband of Margaret F. (Forbes) Bedway.

Paul was a graduate of Pottsville Area High School, Class of 1957.

He served in the Army Reserves.

He was a faithful member of Church of The Nazarene, Schuylkill Haven.

Paul was a lifelong local businessman. He was the proud owner of Bedway's Banana Boat, Schuylkill Haven. The company was known by many for their bananas, watermelons, squash and pumpkins.

Paul was a member of the F&AM Schuylkill Lodge 138 and Cressona Lodge 222. A true philanthropist, Paul was an active Rajah Shriner. He was a member of the Rajah Hospital Service Unit and the Reading Consistory.

As a dedicated and active member of his community, Paul was a longtime member of the Schuylkill Haven Borough Council. He was the chairman of the water committee and chairman of the sewer committee. Paul also belonged to the Southern Schuylkill Council of Governments.

Additionally, Paul enjoyed participating in the Antique Classic Car Club, and the Rolls Royce Owners Club.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother, Charles Bedway Jr.

In addition to his wife, Paul is survived by two sons, Paul Jr., husband of Kim, of Orwigsburg, and David, of Philadelphia; a daughter, Tammy, wife of Dan, of Orwigsburg. He is also survived by grandchildren, Amanda, wife of Mike, Paul III, husband of Ashley, and Dean; great-grandchildren, Connor and Carson; his sister, Roseanne, wife of Bill, Orwigsburg; his close friend and personal assistant, Lesa; beloved feline companion, Icy; canine companions, Luccee and Louie.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 1, at Church of The Nazarene, Schuylkill Haven, with Pastor Robert Berry officiating. A visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Please follow CDC guidelines, wear a mask, and practice social distancing. Interment with military honors will follow in Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven. At the family's request, donations in Paul's memory may be forwarded to , Attn. Processing Center, P.O. Box 863765, Orlando, FL 32886. To extend online condolences, visit www.gsesfuneralhomes.com. Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home Inc. has been entrusted with arrangements, with cremation services provided by Riverside Cremation Services LLC, both in Schuylkill Haven.

Published in Republican & Herald from Feb. 22 to Feb. 23, 2021
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